Glasgow helicopter crash: Clutha fund raises £220,000

Clutha crash scene The Police Scotland helicopter crashed into the Clutha bar on 29 November

A fund set up to help people and families affected by the Glasgow helicopter crash has raised £220,000.

The Lord Provost's Clutha Appeal Fund has attracted tens of thousands of pounds in public donations and cash from private firms and public bodies.

Glasgow City Council said a helpline for people affected by the tragedy would remain open over Christmas.

The Police Scotland helicopter crash at The Clutha on 29 November killed the three crew and seven people in the pub.

Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said the appeal to help survivors and relatives of those who died had attracted support from around the world.

'Immense generosity'

"The warmth and the generosity that people continue to show to those caught up in this disaster is immense," she said.

"As we approach Christmas and a New Year, they are all very much in our thoughts and prayers.

"On behalf of the city, my heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has donated so far - and also to those who I know are organising fundraising activities in the weeks and months ahead."

Glasgow City Council made the first £20,000 donation to the fund, along with equal contributions from the Lord Provost's Goodwill Fund and the Scottish government.

Clutha victims (Top: left to right) David Traill; Pc Kirsty Nelis; Pc Tony Collins; Gary Arthur; Samuel McGhee (Bottom: left to right) Colin Gibson; Robert Jenkins; Mark O'Prey; John McGarrigle; Joe Cusker

Recent contributions have been made by Scottish Power, Renfrewshire Council, Arnold Clark, Poundland, AG Barr, East Ayrshire Council and the Weir Group.

Funerals have been held for all 10 people who died in the Clutha tragedy.

The funeral for 59-year-old Joe Cusker, who died in hospital 13 days after the crash, was held on Wednesday.

Funerals took place last week for the three helicopter crew who were killed - Pilot David Traill, 51, Pc Tony Collins, 43, and Pc Kirsty Nelis, 36 - and the six other pub customers who lost their lives.

They were John McGarrigle, 57, Mark O'Prey, 44, Gary Arthur, 48, Colin Gibson, 33, Robert Jenkins, 61, and Samuel McGhee, 56.

It has not yet been established what caused the helicopter to crash, although investigators say initial evidence rules out engine or gearbox failure.

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